Whilst two-year waits have been eliminated across the system, there is still a long way to go to recover and restore elective performance versus the pre-pandemic baseline. Other targets, including meeting the 28-day cancer faster diagnosis standard, or 62-day urgent referrals, still require a lot of work.
Increasing capacity through virtual consultations and follow-up appointments, clinically managing and prioritising waiting lists in an equitable way, optimising diagnostic testing, and supporting patients to wait well and prepare for surgery are just a few of the ways that digital products and services can help ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible.
This award recognises teams who are developing and leveraging digital to reduce the elective backlog. Judges are looking for digital projects, solutions and services that are driving tangible improvements in patient waiting times, experience, and outcomes, and that display solid evidence of co-production with clinical colleagues.
- All NHS organisations (including providers, partnerships, and systems), General Practice and primary care organisations, as well as relevant social care partners.
- Evidence must relate to a project, ongoing or completed within the 2 years up until the award entry deadline.